Container Survey at Empty Depo Is Useless for Cargo Owners, No Need to Pay: GINSI

Indonesia National Importers’ Association GINSI refuses to pay container survey charge at empty depo, saying that charging importers or cargo owners with an amount of tariff for activity of container survey at empty depo, is a malpractice in logistics business.

In addition, GINSI also urges to cut tariff for container freight station (CFS) at the lane-2 zone of Tanjung Priok Port, as the tariff runs without standard nor control.

In a statement to media, GINSI Vice Chairman for Logistics Affairs Erwin Taufan explained that many GINSI members have sent protest on the plan of empty depo operators under Asdeki association to run survey and would charge the survey cost to cargo owners.

The activity (survey), according to Taufan, will have no benefits to importers. He accuses the empty depo operators of planning an unreasonable business activity.

“We think this kind of survey is useless, giving no benefits to cargo owners. Why should we pay for something useless?” questioned Taufan.

Taufan even asked Asdeki to take focus on solving the problems of lift on-lift off (LoLo) tariff, as the LoLo tariff at empty depo has no standard. The tariff is various and different among the depos. “Some depo even charges very high, reaching Rp 600,000 per 20 feet empty container,” he said.

He also complained the expensive tariff at CFS of the ports’ lane 2, causing a very high logistics cost. “Until now, the tariff at CFS of Tanjung Priok lane 2 is running without standard. The LoLo tariff at empty depo also runs without standard. So, if the government is serious to make logistics cost cheaper, please do control of tariff at these business zones (CFS and empty depos),” Taufan noted.

Echoing the view, GINSI Chairman Capt Subandi explained that the tariff at CFS and empty depos had burdened the cargo owners and had significantly contributed to the high logistics cost of the country. GINSI, he said, was ready to open data on the tariffs at both of CFS and empty depos.

“We will report to related parties, including the ombudsman relating this problem. We hope the government through related institutions will soon tackle it,” he said.

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